OP girls extend tennis reign
The Orchard Park girls tennis team makes winning the ECIC I championship as routine as getting dressed in the morning.
The Quakers won yet another division championship on Thursday to move their record to 12-0 overall and 10-0 in conference play after defeating Clarence, 5-0.
Orchard Park clinched its ninth consecutive Division I championship and is a daunting 97-1 in league play during that span, and 107-6 overall.
“We have a lot of talented girls who are driven and take their tennis seriously,” OP coach Sandy Trimpert said. “Most of them play 12 months out of the year and they maintain a strong focus.”
Elsewhere, the Hutch-Tech boys and City Honors girls teams both finished with 15-0 records after winning the Buffalo Public Schools Cross Country Championships.
Seamus Degan from City Honors was the boys overall winner, while Hutch-Tech’s Jenna Rossi was the girls champion.
Tonawanda’s Sam Batistella scored two goals while Cory Compeau recorded the shutout in the Warriors’ 4-0 victory over Alden in boys soccer.
Luke Loescher scored the winning goal for Lancaster, which also received good play from keeper Jake Kaczor in the Redskins’ 1-0 win over Orchard Park in ECIC I.
Williamsville East continued its run this season as Brandon Schick scored two goals and added a pair of assists, while Nick Smith was flawless at goalkeeper in the Flames’ 5-0 romp over Iroquois in ECIC II.
Stando lifts Hamburg
Sarah Stando scored the decisive goal with 14:40 left in the second half to push Hamburg over Williamsville North, 3-2, in field hockey. Stando finished with two goals as the Bulldogs held off a late rally by the Spartans to seal the win.
In girls volleyball, Pioneer won its first division title in school history behind Courtney Alvey’s 11 kills in a 3-1 truimph over Amherst. Pioneer is now 13-2 overall and a perfect 12-0 in conference play.
Also, St. Mary’s/Lancaster moved up to 12-0 overall and 9-0 in Msgr. Martin play after sweeping Nardin, 3-0 . Erica Moser’s 19 kills helped Williamsville East beat Iroquois, 3-0, in ECIC II.
Sacred Heart’s Remmi Zaepfel scored a pair of goals and Ally Dwyer recorded the shutout and two saves in the Sharks’ 5-0 triumph over Holy Angels in girls soccer.
Canisius’ David Jepson finished with 11 kills for the Crusaders, who downed Eden, 3-0, in a nonleague boys volleyball match.